One of my favorite things to do is to just hang out with dear friends. We don’t get to do this as often as we want, since everyone is “growing up” and doing adult things like working 40 to 60 hours a week. But, it seems like when we all need it the most, everyone’s schedules open up and we’re able to have some fun.
The best part about spending time with my buddies is that my friends are now hubby’s friends too. He’s thanked me a few times for having good taste in friends, and for being so selective with who I want to spend my time with. Because of this, he sees them as great people to hang with as well. Even the husbands of my friends are friends with my Hubby. They hang out together every once in a while without the wives are we are all for it. The second best part is that all of my friends understand that sometimes it about the quality, not the quantity. We do love to go out every once in a while to restaurants, bowling alleys, comedy or night clubs, but it’s becoming once in a blue moon. Our new favorite thing to do is to rotate the times we spend at one another’s abode. We call it “app nights” and we each bring an appetizer and maybe our favorite adult beverages. We pick a game to play, whether it’s a board game, card game, or even a Wii game(our favorite) and we chill out and enjoy the company.
For people our age, I see this as an oddity but a blessing. Usually, going out and spending all types of money is what’s expected during this season of life, and yes I do have a group of friends that love to do just that, but it’s nice to have a few buddies that “get it” when you explain how much more fun it is to just relax and catch up. Another plus for our particular family is that these set of friends, who don’t have any kids of their own, constantly ask for us to bring along our children. It’s a wonderful surprise when we decide to get together and they make a point of telling us not to try to find a babysitter. Sometimes we do pass off the kiddos to the grandparents if we do need a bit of adult time, but it’s so appreciated that their “aunts and uncles” miss them just about as much as they miss us.
I’ve had friends come and go quite a few times but this group has stuck around the longest. It must be the “birds of a feather” scenario.
Do you have a friend or two that understand, or better yet appreciate, your frugality? Are they frugal as well? Do you try to keep your get-togethers low-key and inexpensive?